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Plastic Surgery Negligence

Plastic surgery has seen a surge in popularity over the past decade, and figures suggest demand is continuing to soar. However, due to this sudden rise it has been difficult to regulate medical professionals who offer plastic surgery treatment.

While steps to regulate plastic surgeons are being taken, there are still many doctors claiming to be experts when in fact they have not got the appropriate skills. This can lead to devastating consequences for the patient, who is putting their cosmetic appearance in the hands of a doctor without the appropriate qualifications.

Poorly Regulated Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgery has come under a lot of criticism in recent years, as there has been a distinct failure to regulate doctors offering plastic surgery treatment. That is why if you are considering plastic surgery, you need to do your research. Indeed, many surgeons claim to be experts, but in actual fact have not had an acceptable level of training. To be sure you find a surgeon with the correct credentials, you should:-

  • Get a referral through your GP;
  • Ask the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) for help finding a surgeon in your area;
  • Check the General Medical Council (GMC) register, upon which all plastic surgeons setting up from April 2002 must have their name.

By taking the time to select the right surgeon, you can feel much more confident that your operation will go smoothly.

Types of Plastic Surgery Negligence

Nevertheless, there are occasions when plastic surgery does not go according to plan. While this is a more frequent occurrence in plastic surgeons that are not regulated, there are cases of plastic surgery negligence in both private and public healthcare settings.

Common types of plastic surgery negligence include:-

  • Excessive scarring;
  • Deformity or disfigurement;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Loss of function eg. lost sense of smell after a nose job;
  • Uneven or unsightly result eg. lopsided breasts.

What Can You Do?

When plastic surgery goes wrong, the victim is often left to suffer physical deformity, emotional trauma and acute financial loss. Furthermore, it may be necessary for him/her to undergo expensive corrective treatment.

If this has happened to you, we understand that you will be feeling angry and upset about the treatment you have received. But is there any action you can take? To find out, you need to speak to a solicitor you can trust, as you might be able to make a medical negligence claim. Should you be successful, you will be awarded a sum of compensation. This will recover the financial losses you have incurred due to your plastic surgery negligence, and recompense for the pain and suffering you have experienced.

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